February 3 - February 10, 2019

A number of interesting articles from adjacent industries.

Parenting is of course relevant to teaching, and several posts this week offer useful tidbits: the Feature post on authoritative parenting (the actual article misuses the idea of "tiger parenting"), the piece in Pedagogy on modeling behavior, and even the piece in Creativity on boredom.  We are teachers in all elements of our lives, especially in the example we provide.

Also, the Feature piece on tech in the work force is a strikingly deep and effective illustration of how wages are changing in some industries and not others.  I generally resist arguments about education that focus on earning potential later on, but this one paints a particularly stark picture that is worth considering.  This is also echoed somewhat in the "A.I. in the Curriculum" piece.

Also also, what's going on with the history major?  Really interesting trends in the Humanities section.

Enjoy these and others,



Does Authoritative Parenting Actually Help Students Succeed?  New York Times
"The most effective parents, according to the authors, are “authoritative.” They use reasoning to persuade kids to do things that are good for them. Instead of strict obedience, they emphasize adaptability, problem-solving and independence — skills that will help their offspring in future workplaces that we can’t even imagine yet."

"Tech Is Splitting The U.S. Work Force In Two"  New York Times
"A small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance."


"Poor Students More Likely To Play Football, Despite Brain Injury Concern"  NPR


"Why Girls Beat Boys At School And Lose To Them At The Office"  New York Times
"From elementary school through college, girls are more disciplined about their schoolwork than boys; they study harder and get better grades. Girls consistently outperform boys academically. And yet, men nonetheless hold a staggering 95 percent of the top positions in the largest public companies. What if those same habits that propel girls to the top of their class — their hyper-conscientiousness about schoolwork — also hold them back in the work force?"


On The Necessity Of Boredom, And Its Creative Potential  New York Times


A.I. In The Curriculum As Essential For Geopolitical Success  Brookings

On The Benefits Of Theater To The Curriculum  Education Dive


MoMA Renovation Reflects Broader Shift Towards Multiculturalism  New York Times
"Repeat visitors will have fresh art experiences. New histories will get told. Old canons will start to erode. At the same time, though, MoMA’s organizational mettle will be under stress. Big museums are kludgy, slow-moving machines. I suspect the new schedule will keep MoMA staff up late working nights, which, of course, young people can do, no problem. So with luck, much of the shifting and rethinking will be assigned to junior curators energized by the challenge and filled with 21st century ideas, about, among other things, the ethics of determining the cultural breadth of art to be shown."


Revisiting Head Start, And What Makes The Preschool Program Work  New York Times
"The monitoring began in 2012 with an observational tool called Class, which is devised to measure teaching quality. Developed at the University of Virginia, it quantifies three aspects of a teacher’s performance: instructional support, emotional support and classroom organization."


History Is In Decline In Colleges Everywhere... Except The Ivies.  Why?  New Yorker

"For the past decade, history has been declining more rapidly than any other major, even as more and more students attend college… There’s a catch, however. It’s boom time for history at Yale, where it is the third most popular major, and at other √©lite schools, including Brown, Princeton, and Columbia, where it continues to be among the top declared majors."

The Dark Lady: A Fascinating Theory About Shakespeare's Last Sonnets  WBUR


"Love What You Do In Front Of The Kids In Your Life"  Austin Kleon
"If we want to raise whole human beings, we have to become whole human beings ourselves. This is the really, really hard work. Want your kids to read more? Let them see you reading every day. Want your kids to practice an instrument? Let them see you practicing an instrument. Want your kids to spend more time outside? Let them see you without your phone."

3 Assignments For "Using Sports To Develop Evidence-Based Arguments"  New York Times

On How Teaching And Coaching (Sports) Inform Each Other  KQED


Bezos Requires Execs To Write Arguments, Not Use Powerpoints  CNBC
"The reason writing a 'good' four page memo is harder than 'writing' a 20-page PowerPoint is because the narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and better understanding of what's more important than what."


"Active Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided"  Atlantic


Detailed Study On The Effect Of Quitting Facebook For A Year  New York Times


Oliver Sacks (Posthumously) On Technology And Mobile Devices  New Yorker

New Screen Time Studies Are Inconclusive  Brookings

One VR Study: Did Not Change Learning, Did Change Enjoyment  Cornell


A Moving Story Of The Online Video Gaming Life Of A Disabled Young Man  BBC